Feb 4, 2014

Lil Accents

A few weeks ago, Sara Madalin participated in a performance with other Kindergarten and First Grade girls during one of the Friday night girls' basketball games. They performed as Lil Accents, the mini version of the high school dance team. They practiced with some of the older Accents the Accent sponsor, Mrs. Ramsey. 

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Sara Madalin's Big Accent was Miss Abby. 

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The girls practiced for a couple afternoons during the week before performing that Friday night. After I dropped her off with the other girls, we walked over to the gym to await half-time. While we waited, and watched the game, we noticed Uncle Charlie and Aunt Bobbye sitting on the other side with their daughter and son-in-law. Reagan walked over to talk to them for a few minutes before the little girls performed. 

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Of course, since it was a girls' game, we got to see Jan. Reagan says she was the second best part of the show that night, after SM and her friends, of course. 

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Here are the girls marching out onto the court to perform. You'd think they did this every week. They were so excited and confident. I don't recall seeing any of them acting shy or intimidated by a gym full of people watching them.

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Posing at the beginning of their performance. 

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She's got moves y'all. 

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Doing their famous high kicks. 

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The big finish. 

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Marching off the court. 

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They all did such a great job. I was very proud of Sara Madalin. She continues to amaze us this year. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us in the coming year. 

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Jan 14, 2014

Orange Beach Weekend January 2014

This past weekend we had a weekend get-away with our friends the Whites who serve as IMB Missionaries to Guatemala. They are home on an end-of-term furlough. When we were discussing doing something while they were home, I suggested Disney. That idea was thrown out pretty quickly. I think it had something to do with carrying three children under 6-years-old and not being able to really enjoy ourselves for having to herd wild kids the whole time we're there. 

So, we decided to go to the beach for a few days. Turns out, we chose one of the coldest weekends of the past few months, but we enjoyed ourselves anyway. 

We arrived in time for dinner Thursday night. We ate dinner at a restaurant across from our condo. It was our families and a few groups of SnowBirds. We were by far the liveliest group there. Between Cruz climbing on the door handle, Sara Madalin turning cartwheels down the aisle, and Ben running around in circles, it was a lovely, relaxing dinner. 

Once we got them all to bed, Reagan ran to the store while Regina, David, and I settled in. We ended the night with a quick game of cards and stories of our wild kids.

We've known each other since the days we were all dating. We all got engaged and married within months of each other. We served in various areas of the church together as young newlyweds. We were very close friends during the first years of marriage. We watched everyone around us begin families while we waited and waited for God to give us children. We spent countless nights together talking until all hours of the night. When Reagan and David served as young deacons together, Regina and I learned to rely on each other for encouragement and support. We've traveled many times together - to the beach, on missionary trips, on church-related functions. We've been separated by distance and circumstances, but there's nothing like getting together with people that really get you. And we get each other. We laugh with and at each other. Reagan and I are thankful for friends like them. I hope they feel the same. 

Saturday morning we all got up and got dressed for pictures on the beach. It was cloudy and cold, one of us was DETERMINED to get some pictures. And by someone, I mean Regina. I'm glad we did it though. We had several good pictures. Here's one of our little family. 

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My sweet baby girl. 

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She had so much fun with Ben and Cruz. And being the biggest kid, she got to be the boss. She had fun playing with the boys and misses them already. 

Here's a picture of us while down on the beach. 

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The rest of the day was spent at the indoor heated pool, and taking a nap. Later that evening, Reagan cooked us all dinner. That's the way I like to spend a vacation, letting someone else cook. 

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After dinner, David cleaned. I joke with him that cleaning is his spiritual gift. When he served on our church staff, he was constantly cleaning out closets, Sunday school classrooms, cabinets. Where there was clutter, David could be counted on to clean it out.

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After dinner we put the kids to bed and then played cards, ate chocolate cake, and talked until midnight.  We were so tired, but it was fun. 

Saturday we all ate pancakes at The Pancake House then went to the nearby outlet mall. We were only there for a short time, then had lunch. It was nap time again, then more playing in the pool. We stayed in Saturday night and the kids went to bed relatively early, while we stayed up talking again. 

Sunday morning was beautiful. The kids spent some time on the balcony playing, then it was time to pack up and go home. These two were not happy. They were both crying about having to leave the beach. Bless them. 

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Once we loaded everything in our cars to go home, we went back out to the beach for one last photo shoot. Here is Sara Madalin with her daddy. She's got him wrapped around her little finger. 

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We left and headed home, stopping in Mobile for lunch. We had a great weekend and are so thankful for the time away with our friends. 

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Jan 7, 2014

The Magic House

So, look at this picture for me. 

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That's two espresso cups that belong my husband. Before 6:00 tonight he had three of them. The third fell victim to a terrible magic trick gone wrong. 

I had purged our cabinets this past weekend. Reagan asked me last night that I not get rid of those mugs, so I set them on the bar/counter to later put them back in their proper place. While I was preparing dinner tonight, Sara Madaln got them and turned them upside down and started sliding them around the counter, like those magic tricks where you have to guess which cup has the ball underneath it. I told her no less than three times, "Don't play with those, you'll break them." 

Well, I walked out of the kitchen to take something to the laundry room. As I was walking back to the kitchen, I heard a crash, and then the sound of feet running. 

So, if anyone has any items in their home that they'd like to see "disappear," I've got a magician you can hire to help with that. 

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